It's a Beautiful Day

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although they are not one of the better-known San Francisco bands to have emerged from the ballroom circuit of the late '60s and early '70s, It's a Beautiful Day were no less memorable for their unique progressive rock style that contrasted well with the Bay Area psychedelic scene. Led by David LaFlamme flute/violin/vocals and his wife, Linda LaFlamme keyboards, the six-piece unit on this album vacillates between light and ethereal pieces such as the lead-off cut, "White Bird," to the heavier, prog rock-influenced "Bombay Calling." One of the most distinct characteristics of It's a Beautiful Day is their instrumentation. The prominence of David LaFlamme -- former violin ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although they are not one of the better-known San Francisco bands to have emerged from the ballroom circuit of the late '60s and early '70s, It's a Beautiful Day were no less memorable for their unique progressive rock style that contrasted well with the Bay Area psychedelic scene. Led by David LaFlamme flute/violin/vocals and his wife, Linda LaFlamme keyboards, the six-piece unit on this album vacillates between light and ethereal pieces such as the lead-off cut, "White Bird," to the heavier, prog rock-influenced "Bombay Calling." One of the most distinct characteristics of It's a Beautiful Day is their instrumentation. The prominence of David LaFlamme -- former violin soloist with the Utah Symphony and original member of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks -- adds a refinement to It's a Beautiful Day's sound. Likewise, the intricate melodies -- mostly composed by the LaFlammes -- are structured around the band's immense virtuosity, a prime example being the exquisitely haunting harpsichord-driven "Girl With No Eyes." The noir framework, as well as lyrics such as ."..she's just a reflection of all of the time I've been high," point rather candidly to the hallucinogenic nature of the song's -- if not the band's -- influences. The same can be said of the languidly eerie "Bulgaria." The almost chant-like quality of the track slowly crescendos into an hypnotic and dreamlike sonic journey -- led by LaFlamme's brilliant violin work. By virtue of being a Bay Area fixture in the late '60s, It's a Beautiful Day could also easily double as a hippie dance band -- which they can also execute with great aplomb -- as the wildly up-tempo "Time Is" amply proves. It's a Beautiful Day remains as a timepiece and evidence of how sophisticated rock & roll had become in the fertile environs of the San Francisco music scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2001
  • Label: San Francisco Sound
  • UPC: 099902117923
  • Catalog Number: 11790
  • Sales rank: 2,544

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Bird (6:11)
  2. 2 Hot Summer Day (5:51)
  3. 3 Wasted Union Blues (4:09)
  4. 4 Girl with No Eyes (3:51)
  5. 5 Bombay Calling (4:28)
  6. 6 Bulgaria (6:14)
  7. 7 Time Is (9:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
It's a Beautiful Day Primary Artist
David LaFlamme Flute, Violin, Vocals
Val Fuentes Drums, Vocals
Mitchell Holman Bass, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Linda LaFlamme Organ, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Pattie Santos Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals, Bells
Bruce Steinberg Harmonica
Hal Wagenet Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Danny Kirwan Composer
David LaFlamme Producer
Matthew Katz Producer
Brian Ross-Myring Engineer
Bruce Steinberg Cover Design
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a Beautiful Album

    I agree with the All Music Guide base review and would emphasize that this is an especially appealing album for those fans of harmonization. The first four songs are especially appealing - both the vocals and the instrumentals are first rate - I would strongly recommend this for your collection. Another option, a live album that (dare I say this) was once available on 8-Track no less ! It would be a good one to acquire if it exists on CD now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A DATED PIECE OF HIPPIE IDEALISM...

    THIS ALBUM ONLY WORKS IN THAT SHORT-LIVED UTOPIA CALLED THE SUMMER OF LOVE. IN FACT, IT'S ALMOST LAUGHABLE BY TODAY'S STANDARDS. THIS BY NO MEANS IMPLIES THAT IT IS NOT A GOOD LISTEN...IT IS...BETTER THAN IRON BUTTERFLY'S "INNA-GADA-DA-VIDA"...BUT NO WHERE NEAR AS GROUNDBREAKING AS LOVE'S "FOREVER CHANGES" OR DEVELOPED AS THE ZOMBIES' "ODYESSEY AND ORACLE"...THE COVER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME THOUGH...IT'S SIMPLICITY SPEAKS VOLUMES. I HONESTLY BELIEVE IT IS BECAUSE OF THE ARTWORK, THAT IT REMAINS A SOUGHT AFTER ITEM FOR VINYL COLLECTORS...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Album From The Good Old Days

    How much do they want for it??? To think I just gave this album away along with all the rest of my old LPs. You can't beat records, folks. CDs are ok and cassettes ain't bad, but you simply can't beat a new LP for that crisp clarity and richness of sound. Unfortunately, too many of the old classics don't transfer over to the new technology of CDs. For some reason, big chunks of the original sound is either muted or completely lost. Hope that's not the case on "It's A Beautiful Day." Memories of flying high on lebanese blond hashish while listening to records like this and being hypnotically transfixed on the flame of my lantern, flickering amid the psychedelic decor of my personal den of iniquity. Ah, the good old days, when you could still dream, when there weren't nearly so many mugs, and when it was cool to give a big FU to the workaday world. How I miss being young.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best!

    I wore out my vynyl copy in the late 60's. I agree that ''White Bird'' while being a good track and marketable, pales next to the rest of this exquisite piece of work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My all time favorite

    Still have two original vinyls (played to death). Bought the CD about two years ago and to this day when I listen to it, I play it again ..and again..and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 Stars not Adequate

    It's A Beautiful Day warrants more than 5 Stars. CD is phenomenal from beginning to end and the more you play it the more you will want to play it (multiple copies required). The first time you listen to this CD have quiet and zero distractions, sit back an let David La Flamme and friends take you over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of The Best

    This is one of the best total CD I have every herd. Most people have herd White Bird but most of the other tracks are better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Psycedelic flashback

    If you like or want to become familiar with late 60's early 70's heavy psycedelic music, this is one of the best. If you can't abide that style, move on; this ones not for you. Lots of bass (a real lot), lots of keyboards and who knows what else all mixed together to simulate that drug induced perspective. Turn on the black light, fire up the lava lamp, roll a joint, order a pepperoni pizza and be ready to have ''your mind blown'' as the saying goes. White Bird is the most well know track and it is still played on the radio once in a while. The words from Time ''but for those who really love... time is eternity'' actually showed up during Lady Di's funeral. Far out, man!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

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